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Piozzi, Hester Lynch (Thrale; 1741-1821).
British Synonymy; or, an Attempt at Regulating the Choice of Words in Familiar Conversation. Inscribed, With Sentiments of Gratitute and Respect, to such of her Foreign Friends as have made English Literature their peculiar Study, by Hester Lynch Piozzi.
London: Printed for G. G. and J. Robinson, Paternoster Row. MDCCXCIV. [1794]. In Two Volumes. (First edition). - Two volumes, octavo; size of bindings: 5 1/4 in. x 8 1/2 in. x 1 1/2 in. (thick), Volume 1: half-title; titlepage: [i]-viii, [1]-423 pp.; Volume 2: titlepage: [i-ii], [1]-416 pp. Bound in old, mottled calf, with the mottled calf spines replaced in the 19th century: featuring brown morocco leather title labels, gilt-lettered: BRITISH SYNONYMY, and each with gilt volume numbers: I + II, with gilt bands across spines, and designs in compartments, gilt borders on cover edges; headbands present, edges stained light yellow. With early, engraved, heraldic bookplate (griffin & lion) of W. G. Coesvelt, on front paste-downs, and another, more recent, printed book label beneath this in both volumes, small inked number in upper right-hand corner of the facing flyleaves. Spine of volume two shows some chipping away of the leather surface along the side, some light wear, rubbing to leather spine ends, lower cover corners (corners show early leather repairs; inner hinges are starting. Some tan spotting to endpapers, page margins, a few small marginal tears to leaves. A much better and cleaner set than is usaully available. The scan shows the spines and front cover to volume two. Weight: 3 lbs. Contains some anecdotes regarding Samuel Johnson. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Peter Keisogloff Rare Books, Inc.
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